We designed, quite literally, from the ground up. We began with a level entry for the driveway and worked up through the hill from there, stepping the house back into the hill as we got further up.
The house is oriented towards the view, facing northeast, with a slight twist or L-shaped footprint. This enabled us to position additional windows on the western side to take advantage of the gorgeous afternoon and evening sun that Queenstown offers in the summer.
Working with the contours of the hillside, we designed a three-storey house with a flat roof design. We made the most of the height of the steep site, allowing for magnificent views from the top two levels.
The bottom level comprises private vehicle access, the garage, a drying room and extra storage for skis, bikes and other sports equipment. The third and top level houses the bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. And in the middle, we have the communal areas, providing a clever separation from the entrance, storage and bedrooms.
The living area and kitchen, situated on the second level, face towards the east and then flow into a dining area that opens out onto a deck, which is situated over the garage below. This provides an outdoor eating and entertaining area which gets the outlook and sun, along with stunning views from the bedrooms on the top level.